I will never forget the story we were taught in Bulgarian literature class about the boy and the girl, who were forced to marry at the age of 14. After the wedding they got locked in a the bedroom with a sheet with one hole and no idea what they were supposed to do. After they were told by their parents, they want to see blood on the sheet, the girl just caused her nose to bleed and that’s how they accomplished successfully the blood mission.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya (28) finally heals my teenage trauma caused by the horrible forced marriage book and breathes some fresh air in the “hole in the sheet” association for me. His photo shoot Wear 2 Bed for DIS shows sculptures of human body parts, sheets and a bed.

Paul lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Basel, Sydney, Toronto, Paris, Berlin and Hamburg. His work has been featured and reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Interview, Capricious, V, Paper, and BUTT, among other publications.

[IMAGES by Paul Mpagi Sepuya]

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